Nathaniel Hawthorne


Nathaniel Hawthorne


Hawthorne’s son, Julian, was also a writer and father and son were frequently mistaken for each other. “Oh, Mr Hawthorne, I’ve just read The Scarlet Letter, and I think it’s a real masterpiece,” gushed a lady to whom Julian Hawthorne had just been introduced. “Oh, that,” said Julian, shrugging modestly, “that was written when I was only four years old.”


Easy reading is damn hard writing.

~Nathaniel Hawthorne
Biographical Note: 

Nathaniel Hawthorne was a U.S.novelist, best known for The Scarlet Letter (1850) and The House of the Seven Gables (1851). He was appointed consul in Liverpool (1853) and later traveled in Italy, the setting for his romance The Marble Faun (1860).

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Photo of Nathaniel Hawthorne above is by Mathew Brady, 1860-65